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The Best Garlic Pills For High Blood Pressure
Yes: Garlic could help cut blood pressure by 10 per cent – but only if you take it in the form of tablets. In one of the study, twelve weeks of treatment with garlic tablets led to a ‘significant’ cut in blood pressure, slashing the risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a review of evidence. ...Read more
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
I have seen have told me garlic pills help lower high blood pressure, along with working put and good diet is this true?
Diet ; Exercise: Reduced salt intake in the diet has been shown to be able to lower blood pressure by a few points. Daily exercise is important for almost every aspect of health including blood pressure. Unfortunately the effect of garlic pills is not scientifically proven. If blood pressure is abnormally elevated despite diet and exercise then it must be addressed with a doctor as medication may be needed. ...Read more
Yes, but...: The effect on systolic BP (top number), is modest, and more thn on the diastolic (bottom number). The effective dose may be higher than many people may want: equivalent to 4 cloves of raw garlic daily. Unknown if cooked or crushed/minced. Etc has same effect. Heating and releasing the sulfurous compounds (odor causing) affect the med effect. This dose can cause gas, upset stomach, social probs. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Garlic: Per http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/medical-edge-newspaper-2010/mar-12b.Html, there is evidence that garlic may lower lipid levels, “relax smooth muscles ; dilate blood vessels”. 1 study showed that intake of 200 to 400 mg of garlic extract 3 x/day “can lower blood pressure modestly.”. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably: A meta-analysis looking at 8 studies looking at garlic and hypertension showed that 3-4 studies showed reduction in blood pressure. However there were flaws in methodology and there needs to be more studies before recommending this routinely. Probably safe to try it and see if it works for you. Fyi, if you are overweight, any attempt and successful weight loss will reduce blood pressure. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few things to...: Keeping ideal body weight, eat healthy/no added salt, aerobic exercise regularly 4-5x/wk, reduce daily stresses, sleep well, and don't smoke etc. These are so called modifiable risk factor--you can't change genetic. Look up the dash-diet regimen (google it). Treat medical condition (chol, diabetes etc) well. If these fail to adequately lower your BP to less than 140/90, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
High blood pressure: High blood pressure medication is given to try and normalize blood pressure. If blood pressure remains high, the chances of heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and stroke are all significantly increased. Since we've been treating high blood pressure with the medications, all these complications have decreased significantly. We doctors believe it is worth the bother if the medications work ...Read more
Many options: Weight loss, exercise, stress reducing activities, pets can all help. Some patients need more than one type of blood pressure pill. Also, sometimes the hypertension is secondary to a cause which can be cured instead of the more common essential hypertension. Your doctor can help you sort it out. ...Read more
Combination approach: Consider the combination approach- lower the sodium in your diet, exercise most days of the week, take time to de-stress, and monitor your blood pressure with a home blood pressure cuff to see how well this regimen is working. You may also need medication if the blood pressure doesn't improve with these measures. ...Read more
Depends: Cornerstone of blood pressure control is diet (low salt) excercise (30 min walk three times per week) reduction of anxiety, good sleep, low caffeine and alcohol intake and weight maintenence near ideal body weight. Beyond that is appropriate use of medications depending on the other medical conditions. ...Read more
Go see your doctor: 1st, check blood pressure (BP) at home. 2nd, bring BP cuff into family doc's office for calibration. 3rd, review calibrated home readings w/said family doc. If it's repeatedly high, then s/he can prescribe BP lowering meds. However, you still need to check BP regularly to achieve correct dose. Regular exercise, good nutrition & enough sleep also help. Don't forget to get blood tests, too. ...Read more
The "best" depends: There is no one best medicine for everyone. Your doctor will consider the most likely causes based on your specific conditions. Sometimes low doses of several medications are prescribed to reduce pressure while minimizing medication side effects. The benefit of light-to-moderate exercise is very real. If you are healthy enough to exercise, but are sedentary, start walking, bicycling, or swimming. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more
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